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Get Away from It All in Lake City

Get Away from it All in Lake City
3 days

Surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks and blanketed by some of the country’s darkest night skies, Lake City is an authentic Colorado mountain town. Partake in classic winter pursuits like cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on 100 miles of multi-use trails and scaling frozen walls at their famous ice park — all tucked away in a quiet alpine paradise so you can truly get away from it all.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Donate to Lake City Friends of Bears, dedicated to the reduction of bear-human conflict through many educational projects and the use of humane bear deterrents.

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Travel Resources:

Get all the information you need about cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other activities by picking up a Lake City Winter Map from the Chamber of Commerce and other businesses in town.

Day 1

Ice Climbing at Lake City Ice Park

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Bring your own gear or book a trip with Irwin Guides to check out Lake City’s Ice Park, which boasts more than 15 routes. This ice wall is right downtown and offers a warming hut and family-friendly atmosphere. Canine companions are encouraged.
Lunch

Climb Elevated Eatery

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Comfort food and creative cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

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Drive to Lake San Cristobal

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Colorado’s second-largest natural lake offers breathtaking views, and the iced -over lake is ideal for cross-country skiing. If you don’t have your own gear, rentals are available from The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop located at 238 S. Gunnison Ave.
Dinner

Lake City Brewing Company

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Lake City's first new brewery in over 130 years! Craft beer brewed right here in Lake City. Wine and cocktails also available. Dig into some pub grub including gourmet hot dogs and brats, homemade... Read More

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Stay for Entertainment:

Lake City Brewing Company hosts trivia and live music on select evenings. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Lodging

Matterhorn Motel

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Excellent online reviews. Open 365 days a year! Located in the downtown National Historic District, off the main Hiway tucked up against the mountain. Quiet, squeaky clean, renovated historic... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Chillin' Internet Coffee Shop & Cafe

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Serving breakfast and lunch and homemade espresso drinks, smoothies, and frozen yogurt. Read More
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Lake City Ski Hill

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A family of four can ski here for as little as $44 per day (yes, all four of you). We're not big, but we make up for it with our friendly and fun atmosphere. This is skiing the old-fashioned way,... Read More
Lunch

Lake City Cafe

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Our menu is a mix of Southern Style. We have a little something for everyone. Read More
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Ice Skating

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Rent some ice skates from The Sportsman Outdoors and Fly Shop and head to Lake San Cristobal. A Zamboni clears the ice on the west side of the lake, making it the most beautiful skating destination in all of Colorado. Want to stay close to town? There’s a small rink behind Armory Hall at 3rd and Bluff streets.
Dinner

Climb Elevated Eatery

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Comfort food and creative cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

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Stargazing

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Dress warmly and view some of the darkest night skies in the U.S. With only 400 residents and the title of “most remote town in the lower 48,” you can bet the stars in Lake City are amazing. Head to Windy Point Overlook off Slumgullion Pass for the best views.
Lodging

Back Country Base Camp

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Backcountry Basecamp welcomes you to Lake City, Colorado and invites you to spend a relaxing stay in a comfortable little lodge style home located in the National Historic District and within... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Confluence

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Shop for bikes and ice-climbing gear rentals and sales. Enjoy a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Read More
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Guided Snowmobile Trip with Lake City Auto and Sports Center

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Your professional guide will take you to the Continental Divide, where over 100 miles of groomed trails await. Other activities to try on these trails include fat biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Gear rentals are available at the Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop and Confluence.

Insider's Tip

Grab Something To-Go : Grab gourmet deli sandwiches from High Country Market or Confluence on your way out of town in the morning. Once you’re up on the Continental Divide, you’ll want to stay up there through lunch.
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Ice Fishing at Lake San Cristobal

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Ice fishing on Lake San Cristobal, just 4.5 miles from downtown, is super popular. Here, bait and jigging are common tactics that result in lake trout — sometimes one too big to fit through the hole. Want to extend your trip? Set up a hut and stay for a few days. Guidance is available at Lake City Sportsman.
Dinner

Lake City Brewing Company

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Lake City's first new brewery in over 130 years! Craft beer brewed right here in Lake City. Wine and cocktails also available. Dig into some pub grub including gourmet hot dogs and brats, homemade... Read More
Activity

Mountaineer Theatre

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Over the years our theatre has been a staple to our family, the members to the Lake City, and everyone passing through. We continue to provide memories and entertainment for locals and visitors who... Read More
Lodging

Lakeview Property Management

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If you are looking for a vacation rental in beautiful Lake City Colorado you have come to the right spot! Read More